By Akpan David, Calabar
No fewer than 53, 840 Astrazeacca Vaccines have been received by the Cross River State government.
The COVID19 vaccines arrived Wednesday evening at about 4.50pm was offloaded from a private cargo jet from Enugu state.
However Journalists and health workers were not allowed to see them being off loaded at the Calabar international airport.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu spoke to reporters.
“Cross River State COVID-19 Vaccines have finally arrived the State.
“We have just received it, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Eteng Williams, myself, Dr Betta Edu, DG Primary Health Care, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and others were on ground to receive COVID-19 Vaccines at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, it came in from a private cargo jet
“The vaccines are in good form and were received in the cool boxes and they came with all the medical consumbles and other accessories which would be required to administer the vaccines.
“The vaccines would be stored in the cold atmosphere which we presently do have have in Cross River. We have a cold store at the state and local government” Dr Edu stated.
The Commissioner disclosed that list of all health workers and ‘strrategic leaders in he state’ who would be the first to receive the vac has been compiled.
She assured that the vac is safe and that the state governor, deputy, the speaker, local government chairmen, EXCO, members of the state House of Assembly, traditional rulers, traditional rulers’ councils Christian Association, of Nigeria Leaders and also those in the Islamic Association of Nigeria, are strategic leaders who can influence other people under them to take the vaccines.
“We will give the vaccines from tomorrow to health workers so that we remove any form of political or class attachment to it, we want to ensure equity in the distribution of this vaccines.
“Those who work in Isolation centres, those who work in the laboratory and who test COVIC-19 patients and other highly exposed people shall first receive the innoculation”, she said.